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oystercatcher

Syllabification: oys·ter·catch·er
Pronunciation: /ˈoistərˌkaCHər
 
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Definition of oystercatcher in English:

noun

A coastal wading bird with black-and-white or all-black plumage and a strong orange-red bill, feeding chiefly on shellfish.
  • Family Haematopodidae and genus Haematopus: several species, e.g., the black and white H. ostralegus of Eurasia
Example sentences
  • Currently, visitors to the flats are likely to see sandpipers, avocets, oystercatchers, godwits, dowitchers, plovers and other shorebirds on their way south.
  • Football Hole, just around the corner, is a small sandy bay that's perfect for a picnic while you watch turnstones, oystercatchers and female eider ducks that bring their crèches of ducklings here to learn crab-catching skills.
  • Shorebirds, for those of you who want to know but are afraid to ask, comprise many families of birds, including oystercatchers, stilts, avocets, plovers, turnstones, sandpipers and phalaropes.

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